Two commissioners suggested changes to the existing P&Z bylaws. Kleckowski's suggestion that the bylaws stipulate that all meetings must end by 11PM, unless specifically voted otherwise, was favorably received by other commissioners. Catherine Johnson suggested that site visits be mandated, that Robert's Rules of Order be followed, that there be an annual calendar for elections and bylaws discussion, and that no one could be an officer on the Commission if they miss more than 20% of the Commission meetings. Commissioner Pelletier objected to the last suggestion, saying that the place to bar someone from being an officer was during the election of officers. Johnson also suggested holding annual joint meetings with other commissions, including Public Works, Zoning Board of Appeals, Redevelopment, and Design Review and Preservation.
The suggested changes to the bylaws will be voted on at a future P&Z meeting.
*The public hearing was about an oil pipeline to run from the Arrigoni Bridge to the Kleen Energy facility on River Road. As reported by Sloan Brewster in The Middletown Press (I was not present for this), many residents spoke against the pipeline during the public hearing. The commissioners voted 5-1, with one abstention, to approve the pipeline as presented.